I never really considered the impact that fracking could have on the food supply. It’s bad enough that farmers (especially organic ones) can be downwind of someone using “patented” seeds that blow onto their properties, and then get dunned or sued by the large company that holds the patent on those herbicide-resistant (or herbicide-incorporating) tiny pellets of death, but the air, land, and water tainted by the chemical stew used by the natural gas companies, as well as the naturally-occurring toxins that are pumped up and released from underground in the process, have a much larger effect on anyone farming or ranching downwind or downgradient than I’d ever imagined. Rather than try to type up an abstract, I think I’ll just recommend that you read this lengthy article from “The Nation.” It’s well worth the time, and it’s very scary stuff. It also has an opportunity to sign a petition at the end.
Also, it’s disingenuous, if not an outright LIE, to refer to the process as “hydraulic” fracturing, or “hydrofracking.” The initial word or prefix implies that water is used (and they’re depleting aquifers like crazy doing it), but there’s a hell of a lot more than water being pumped into those wells, some left underground, and some pumped back out and released in various ways. This is just another crime being perpetrated by industry on property owners, courtesy of Uncle Dick’s secret energy deal.